Counseling Children

Course Details

Course Number: COUN 6023  Section Number: 80

Summer I 2011

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: 202

Days & Times:

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-9:9:00

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Judith Elaine Beechler LPCS, NCC   
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Course Objectives

Course Description:

This course is designed to explore counseling from the perspective of a child.  Emphasis is given to various theoretical approaches to children’s counseling and will include special populations.  Additionally, the course contains experiential modalities to assist in the counseling process.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and utilize various theoretical approaches as they relate to children
  • Recognize the developmental stage of the child client, i.e. physical, emotional, and social
  • Recognize themes expressed by the child during the counseling process
  • Learn to encourage expression through the utilization of play, expressive arts, and games

Course Expectations

Course Requirements

  • Attendance is mandatory
  • Students are required to enter and experience the world of the child client through participation in classroom activities
  • Each student will turn in two taped, either audio or video, sessions with a child
  • Along with each  tape, the student will complete a paper describing the session, the themes expressed by the child, and the modalities utilized





Experiential Theme

Week 1

Chapter 6, Person Centered

Chapter 14, Play Therapy

Chapter 11, Individual Psychology

Play Therapy, puppets

Week 2

Chapter 7, Gestalt Therapy

Chapter 5, Brief  Counseling

Puppets, Expressive Arts

Week 3

Chapter 17, Group Counseling

Chapter 12, Family Counseling

Expressive Art Therapy

Week 4

Chapter 18, Special Concerns

Chapter 15, Cultural Concerns

Chapter 20, Ethical and Legal Concerns (A brief overview)


Grading Standards

Grading Criteria:

Attendance and Participation             100 points

Tape and Paper 1                                100 points

Tape and Paper 2                                100 points

Total Points                                         300 points


300 – 250 points =  A

249 – 199 points =  B

198 – 149 points =  C

148 – 99 points =  D

98 and below =  F

Submission Format Policy

All written assignments must be submitted on the date assigned and in the APA format.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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Attendance Requirements

  • Attendance is mandatory
  • In the event of an emergency, the instructor must be notified immediately
  • Two unexcused absences will result in a failing grade

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